From the Field

David Robertson
Leadership for Sustainability In India
November 20, 2017 — David Robertson

“Capital Turns Gas Chamber” read the headline: “As a toxic smog hung over Delhi for the third day and air quality worsened by the hour, the capital has declared a pollution emergency and banned the entry of trucks and construction activity ... There are growing calls for bigger government action to tackle what doctors have declared a public health crisis … Residents are complaining of headaches, coughs and smarting eyes. All 6,000 schools in Delhi are closed until the end… Read More
From Fear to Understanding
November 13, 2017 — Alec Masella

On October 11, three years of planning, research, and collaboration came to a head for Virginia Tech Master of Natural Resources (MNR) alumni Ryan Hathaway and Ana-Elisa (Isa) Bryant, as well as MNR faculty member Dr. Megan Draheim. Their paper “From fear to understanding: Changes in media representation of leopard incidences after media awareness workshops in Mumbai, India,” has been published in the Journal of Urban Ecology [3(1), October 11, 2017]. Co-authored with Sunil Limaye, Chief Conservator of Forests in Maharashtra,… Read More
Technology & Environmental Justice
October 30, 2017 — Jennifer Wills

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Enrionment, Energy, and Resources' Special Committee on Environmental Justice (SCEJ), which I co-chair, is spearheading a series of programs to connect the tech sector with environmental lawyers and introduce environmental justice concepts. This is an important connection to make now because technologies developed today will impact everyone's lives and livelihoods. Protecting Impacted Communities The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) defines environmental justice as the “fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless… Read More
Islands in the Anthropocene
October 9, 2017 —
Photography Trip to Iceland and Cuba - May 2018 What do Iceland and Cuba have in common? Besides the fact that they are islands struggling for survival in the midst of rising seas and climate changes, they are both destinations for Dr. Michael Mortimer, and an intrepid group of photographers traveling with Photo Workshop Adventures in May 2018. Do you have a camera? Do you like to travel? Can you imagine experiencing these two polar opposite environments, back to back,… Read More
Desiree Di Mauro
Act Locally
October 2, 2017 — Desiree DiMauro

Our class had just finished watching a video about plastics and their impact on the environment. The students enthusiastically debated the best ways to influence public behavior – how could we get people to decrease their purchases of single-use plastic bottles and disposable plastic bags? The answer that the students came up with is the same one they come up with every semester – education! If people just understand the impact of their actions, they will change their behavior. Unfortunately,… Read More